NAIROBI, September 4 – He hails from Western Kenya.
Calestous Juma is now a renowned authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development far from his lakeside home.
Juma is a Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
He is also Visiting Professor at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in Japan.
Elected to the Royal Society of London, and a host of other Royal academies, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Juma is probably Kenya’s best influence in the field of sci-tech.
He was born a trailblazer; from Africa’s first science and environment journalist to PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.
Juma masters analysis of technological change and turns it into cutting-edge science and technology policy research particularly for developing countries.
His work has influenced the field of biodiplomacy that focuses on interactions between biosciences and international relations and improved understanding on the role of property rights.
His awards range from a Rweyemamu Prize for broadening Africa’s knowledge base for development to a 1993 UN Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement.
Many awards in-between go unmentioned.